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Is Naturopathic Medicine right for me?

Do the treatments have any side effects?

Will the Naturopathic Doctor tell me to stop taking my medication?

Will the natural treatments prescribed by the Naturopathic Doctor interact with my medication?

Do Naturopathic Doctors have specialties?

How is a Naturopathic Doctor different than my family doctor?

Do I need a referral from my family doctor to see a Naturopathic Doctor?

What is the difference between Naturopathic Medicine and homeopathy?

Does the Naturopathic Doctor test for allergies?

Is Naturopathic Medicine covered under OHIP?

I’m still not sure if Naturopathic Medicine is right for me…

 

Is Naturopathic Medicine right for me?

Naturopathic Medicine brings health and wellness to the whole person – body and mind. By treating the root causes of health conditions, Naturopathic Medicine works from the ground up, providing long-lasting benefits, not just band-aid solutions. By strengthening the body’s ability to heal itself, the Naturopathic approach gives you the tools to prevent future illnesses and increases longevity.

If you want more information on how Naturopathic Medicine can help address your specific health concerns and achieve your health goals, you can book a complimentary “Meet and Greet” consultation with Dr. Tam by calling 416-466-2988.

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Do the treatments have any side effects?

Despite the low incidence, there are some slight risks to certain Naturopathic treatments, such as aggravation of pre-existing symptoms, or allergic reaction to supplements or herbs. Any risks or side effects will be discussed during your appointment and alternate treatment options will be presented.

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Will the Naturopathic Doctor tell me to stop taking my medication?

No. Naturopathic Doctors work in conjunction with Medical Doctors to ensure proper maintenance of pharmaceutical medications. Naturopathic treatments may reduce reliance on pharmaceutical medications, in which case, your Naturopathic Doctor will work with you and your Medical Doctor to adjust the dosage as necessary.

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Will the natural treatments prescribed by the Naturopathic Doctor interact with my medication?

Naturopathic Doctors are trained in pharmacology and the interaction that Naturopathic treatments may have with pharmaceutical medications. Your ND will not prescribe treatments that will negatively interact with your medication, and will discuss any potential or minor interactions before treatments are commenced.

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Do Naturopathic Doctors have specialties?

There are currently no specialist-level educational programs for NDs provided by naturopathic colleges. NDs may have ‘special interest’ in a health condition or treatment modality in which the ND has had extensive experience or holds keen interest. Although an ND may have a special interest in a specific disease or treatment modality, naturopathic care is always holistic in nature and highly individualized and unique to each patient. To learn more about Dr. Tam’s areas of special interest, click here.

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How is a Naturopathic Doctor different than my family doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians. Much like your family doctor, ND’s are regulated by the Ontario government to diagnose and treat disease. The approach of the ND is holistic (meaning the whole person), focuses on addressing the root causes of disease and on prevention, and uses natural treatments. ND’s take more time, with the average follow-up visit being 30-45 minutes. ND’s in Ontario cannot prescribe pharmaceutical medications.

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Do I need a referral from my family doctor to see a Naturopathic Doctor?

No. As a Naturopathic Doctor is a primary care physician, there is no referral required from your Medical Doctor to receive Naturopathic medical care. Is Naturopathic Medicine regulated by the government? Yes, Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario to diagnose and treat disease through the Board of Director of Drugless Therapies – Naturopathy (BDDT-N).

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What is the difference between Naturopathic Medicine and homeopathy?

Naturopathic Doctors are general practitioners, trained to use clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counselling and homeopathy. Homeopaths, on the other hand, are trained to practice only homeopathy. So while a homeopath would prescribe a homeopathic remedy, a Naturopathic Doctor may use any of the treatments listed above, including homeopathy.

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Do Naturopathic Doctors test for allergies?

Yes. There are several ways to test for allergies and sensitivities to food and environmental allergens. A thorough assessment of symptoms and health history will allow the Naturopathic Doctor to determine which type of allergy testing is right for you.

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Is Naturopathic Medicine covered under OHIP?

Although Naturopathic Medicine is regulated in Ontario, like Chiropractic care and massage therapy, it is not covered under the provincial health insurance, OHIP.

However, many extended health care plans include coverage for Naturopathic Medicine. This may include the insurance you receive from your work or school. Check into your plan for details of your coverage. You may also be partially or fully covered under a spouse or parent.

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I’m still not sure if Naturopathic Medicine is right for me…

For more information on how Naturopathic Medicine can help address your specific health concerns and achieve your health goals, you can book a complimentary “Meet and Greet” consultation with Dr. Tam by calling 905-201-6497.

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